"I burn, I draw and paint, I construct and deconstruct. Often I combine a particular Czech (my birth country) fatalism with an American optimism to strange effect.” Tom Pazderka
Pazderka’s works often contain elements of nature, historical figures, and renderings of old family photographs which explore concepts of environmental destruction, nostalgia, and experiences of loss and immigration. He works on panels made from reclaimed wood, burning the surface until it is completely black. His paintings are then developed with thin layers of oil paint, ash, and charcoal which simultaneously clarify and alter the subject. The resulting works show the viewer something recognizable, yet changed through the painting process, as if seen through the distorted lens of memory.
Tom Pazderka is represented by , gallery from Los Angeles